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The Lost Astronomer

If you’re a woman going through IVF, there’s tons of info. But if you’re a bloke? Not so much. Compared to IVF, the mysteries of the Universe can appear quite straightforward…

IVF: Day 56 – Egg transfer day

So, today's the day. Out of 10 eggs harvested, six were mature enough. Of these six, five fertilised successfully. Of these five, two were mature enough by transfer day for insertion. One was frozen, the other selected for insertion, and... Continue Reading →

IVF: Day 53 – The great egg hangover

Mrs Astronomer has been woozy and not-quite-with-it since the IVF egg collection yesterday morning, and to be honest she's not brilliant today. She's in a bit of pain but nowhere near as bad as she was immediately after egg collection, when... Continue Reading →

IVF: Day 52 – The great egg hunt

Today was egg collection. The culmination of weeks of hormones and sleepless nights. Drama! Suspense! A crack team of fertility specialists poking around my wife's lady bits! The day started reasonably early with Mrs Astronomer on a nil by mouth... Continue Reading →

IVF: Day 50 – The sex ban starts… Now.

Ultrasounds on Monday and Friday revealed that the drugs have had their desired effect; Mrs Astronomer is basically ready. She's got the final schedule for the drugs she has to take, and we'll be ready to go for egg collection and... Continue Reading →

Debris – A Short Story

We’re the only bin men on Earth to all have postgraduate education, thought Ben with a wry smile, as the mechanical grapple arm slowly connected with a particularly dangerous piece of debris, claws gently squeezing the offending item, holding it tight.... Continue Reading →

IVF: Day 42 – Needles!

Mrs Astronomer has started reducing the doses of nasally administered Nafarelin Acetate, halving the dose from two sniffs per day to one, but at the same time she's started her course of 150mg of Follitropin alfa (Gonal F) per day, to be... Continue Reading →

Book review: Len Deighton’s SS-GB

For years, this book was on my Father's bookshelf; for years I dared not read it. Len Deighton's SS-GB was an imposing novel to even contemplate; the dust jacket had the notorious SS death's head superimposed on the British flag. Nothing good... Continue Reading →

IVF: Day 35 – What do you mean, “Not even close yet?”

It's been a busy few weeks. I didn't realise how long it would take to get Mrs Astronomer's hormones in check; she's on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster at the moment and prone to bursting into tears at any... Continue Reading →

IVF: Day 33 – This is actually really bloody difficult

It's been just over a month on the IVF programme, and bloody hell it's difficult. I mean, I expected difficult. If we'd been playing word association games before we started, and someone said "IVF", "difficult" would have been pretty damn... Continue Reading →

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